Assistant District Attorney Jesse Evans, who prosecuted the case in 2012, said Waseem Daker will appear in Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley’s courtroom on Aug. 7, but declined to get into the specifics of the hearing.
Daker was sentenced to life in prison plus 47½ years for the murder of Karmen Smith and the assault of her son, Nick Smith.
He was accused of stabbing Karmen Smith twice in the back and then strangling her with a rope on Oct. 23, 1995, and stabbing her son. The child survived.
In a recent letter to the Journal, Daker says Evans has been in contact with the warden at the Jackson State Prison and, since then, the convicted murderer has been denied outdoor exercise, fresh air, sunlight, medical care on “numerous occasions,” visitations from family members, phone calls and access to TV and radio.
“(Evans and Warden Carl Humphrey) have commenced a campaign of harassment and obstruction against me,” he writes in his May letter.
He also says he’s been kept away from TV and radio “to prevent (him) from hearing any news on my case, and to prevent me from being able to correspond with my family, friends and others who can help me to establish my innocence.”
Evans said Wednesday that what Daker writes about him is false, but he declined to say more about why because of the upcoming court hearing.
As a result of the “harassment,” Daker writes in his letter that he has been on a hunger strike since April 27, and will continue to strike until the Georgia Department of Corrections “assures my health, safety, access to my family and access to the courts to pursue a new trial.”
According to Gwendolyn Hogan, a spokesperson with the state department, Daker has not been denied any of these things and he is not on a hunger strike.
“Daker has restricted visitation to where he is housed,” she said. “Daker’s mail has not been obstructed. He gets mail per our policy.”
Daker is housed in the Special Management Unit at the prison. This is an area where prisoners can participate in an incentive program based on an increased level of privileges for their behavior and compliance.